AIA Caroline Springs Campus
Australian International Academy is an independent registered educational institution managed by an Academy Trust.
The Academy was originally established in 1983 as King Khalid Islamic College and is Australia’s first Islamic school. The first primary campus buildings located in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg were purchased in 1982 through a donation from the late King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, and subsequently the primary school campus and then the secondary school campus were named after him. The Melbourne secondary component of the Academy started in 1991 with Years 7 & 8 classes. This has progressed to reach Year12 VCE and IB classes in 1995. The Melbourne Secondary Campus of the Academy is situated in the suburb of North Coburg about 12 km north of Melbourne. This Campus opened in 1995.
In 2006, the original King Khalid Islamic College expanded to include a campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The college also took over the administration of Noor Al Houda Islamic College located in Strathfield, Sydney. In 2013 a second campus was opened at Kellyville in Sydney and in 2014 campus was opened at Caroline Springs in Melbourne. To reflect the expansion of the college, the college was renamed as the Australian International Academy, consisting of the following six campuses:
|King Khalid Coburg Campus||Prep – Year 5|
|Melbourne Senior Campus||Year 6 – Year 12|
|Caroline Springs Campus||Prep – Year 12|
|Sydney Strathfield Campus||K – Year 12|
|Sydney Kellyville Campus||K – Year 12|
|Australian School or Abu Dhabi||K – Year 12|
Each campus is managed by a Campus Head and the overall administration of the academy is overseen by the Head of Academy.
The curriculum offered by the academy is well balanced between secular and Islamic education. Children are being taught to be proud of their Islamic identity and being Australian Muslims. Apart from the Holy Quran and LOTE subjects, all other subjects are taught in English.
Arabic Language and Religious studies are taught at all levels. The number of lessons per week vary slightly from Prep classes to Secondary levels. Other modern languages are also offered depending on student numbers and demand.
By attending the Australian International Academy, all students benefit in their academic and spiritual progress and in the development of their self-esteem, in a caring educational and Islamic environment. Though, the academy welcomes and admits students from other non-Islamic denominations there are minimum requirements that students and staff must observe for being part of the Islamic College.
The Australian International Academy, recognizes that we are a nation of immigrants, cherishes the multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-faith nature and aspirations of our society and enjoins all its students to cultivate a universal outlook on life and to constantly seek to broaden their horizons in tolerance, compassion and co-operation with one another.
We seek to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race and religion in the classroom, in the playground, in cultural activities and in school social life. The only distinction which God recognises is the distinction in piety, and the only criterion which God applies is the criterion of goodness and spiritual excellence.
In the Qur’an, Allah says: 0 mankind, verily we have created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous. (49:13)
GENERAL AIMS OF THE ACADEMY
To provide children with an Islamic Education that will inculcate in them Islamic values while providing a quality secular education that will outfit them for life in Australia. The academy aims at the development of the whole person, intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically and the development of individual talents and abilities.
Spiritual and moral development aim:
To provide a good grounding in Islam with an understanding and respect for other religions and different cultures.
To develop in all children the acquisition of social skills which will enable them to function effectively and harmoniously in Australia’s multi-cultural and multi-faith society, and the adaptability to live effectively in other environments.
To develop individual students to their maximum potential and to encourage intellectual curiosity.
To develop a realisation that different cultures make up our society and to be tolerant of others, whilst encouraging the development of pride in being Australian Muslims. Whilst retaining pride in the child’s own Islamic culture, to develop pride in being Australian and an ability to adapt and fit within any cultural context.
Academy Vision Statement
The academy’s vision is to have graduates who are well prepared and self motivated to advance Australia and to participate effectively as World citizens with Muslim values.
Having such a vision in mind, the academy is offering a broader and a well balanced curriculum with global perspectives to students in primary, secondary and post compulsory levels. In a Muslim environment, Islamic Education and extracurricular components complement the general education program and produce a comprehensive contemporary curriculum that satisfies students’ needs and realises the vision.